Civitas Review

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    State Treasurer Cowell: Why So Much Support From Out of State Law Firms?

    Posted in Elections & Campaigns By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    The Fayetteville Observer today publishes an article of mine focusing in on the high amount of out-of-state donors of State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and a practice that certainly gives the appearance of pay-to-play arrangements. Janet Cowell's primary responsibility as State Treasurer is to oversee the pension fund for retired North Carolina teachers and state employees. […]

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    Indictments Handed Down to 3 Perdue Associates

    Posted in Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Dan Kane of the N&O has the details on the three indictments just handed down to close associates of Gov. Bev Perdue. A Wake County grand jury today handed down indictments alleging that a top aide to Gov. Bev Perdue's 2008 campaign schemed to pay a staffer $32,000 for work that was kept off the […]

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    Gov. Perdue speaks about new Ethics Bill

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By John Eick | Tagged , , , , , ,

    Gov. Bev Perdue speaks about HB 961—a major ethics reform law— in a signing ceremony from the Old House Chamber in the State Capitol. Standing behind the Governor are Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake), Speaker Joe Hackney (D-Orange), Rep. Deborah Ross (D-Wake), Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), and Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake).

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    Politicians Refuse Accountability in Ethics Bill

    Posted in Elections & Campaigns, Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By Jason Sutton | Tagged , , ,

    One can only speculate why the ethics bill signed yesterday by Governor Perdue did not include a provision that would make politicians personally liable for campaign finance penalties. Perhaps it has something to do with the ongoing drama that is the Perdue Campaign and its failure to report $56,000 in flights taken during the 2004 […]

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    More Ethics Issues for ABC Stores

    Posted in Politicians & Politicking By Jason Sutton | Tagged , , , ,

    Per the Greensboro News-Record, it appears as though another of North Carolina’s Alcohol Beverage Control Boards is in trouble.  This time it’s Greensboro’s ABC Board General Manager Katie Alley that is accused of unethical actions including accepting gifts from liquor companies.  Troubles in Greensboro come only months after controversy over exorbitant salaries exploded in New […]

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